Otters Open Season at Home Saturday

It’s the calm before the storm (if you will) at Erie Insurance Arena as the Erie Otters get ready to kick off the season at home Saturday night.

Behind the scenes preperations have been ongoing for weeks – from bringing merchandise into the arena, to preparing menus and food, to getting the mechanics of the new scoreboard down – everyone at the arena has been hard at work.

Aside from the excitement around the game itself, there’s another big reveal at the arena for the upcoming season.

The $1.2 million high definition scoreboard will be used for the first time during the Otters Saturday home opener.

The board is 8-foot-high and 15-foot-wide with state-of-the-art video capabilities.

Ed Snyder has been putting the finishing touches on the graphics for the scoreboard reveal.

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Before the game, the  Otters are hosting the 5th Annual Otter’s Home Opener Party at the corner of 9th and French Streets.

Fans can enjoy free beer, soda and live music from Stephen Trohoske Bass Guitarist.

The party starts at 4pm with the puck drop set for 7pm.

If you’re looking to buy tickets to the game, visit http://www.erieevents.com.

Crews Prepare for Thousands to Attend Rock the Lakes at Erie Insurance Arena

Erie Insurance Arena is set to play host to the Rock the Lakes Event coming to Erie through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on September 27th & 28th.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the stage setup as crews prepare for the two-day, free event that will feature Franklin Graham along with performances by TobyMac, Red, Flame, Lacey, Nate Feuerstein, Dennis Agajanian, and Tommy Coomes Band.

No tickets are required for this event and seating is first come, first serve.

Doors open Saturday at 4:30pm with the event scheduled from 6pm to 10pm.

On Sunday, doors open at 3:30pm with the event starting at 5pm through 9pm.

Improved Catering Lounge for Entertainers at Erie Insurance Arena

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A year after the doors at Erie Insurance Arena opened for the inaugural season, the Erie County Convention Center Authority prepares for the upcoming season with an improved catering lounge for all performing guests.

The facility, formerly known as The Tullio Arena, always had a catering space to take care of entertainment acts and their crews, but with the renovation, every detail mattered including the lounge.

Just in time for the upcoming Rock the Lakes event at the Arena that kick starts a busy season, the improved catering space will be ready for entertainers and their crews.

It can play host to around 100 people who are served breakfast, lunch and dinner on the days they’re performing.

The room is now furnished, featuring team logos and jerseys, including the Erie Bayhawks and Erie Otters, plus an inside view of the packed Arena for the Zac Brown Band concert last fall.

It’s an added amenity that gives performers another reason to come entertain at the first-class Erie Insurance Arena.